Pet Friendly: Why landlords should take advantage of allowing pets

Pet friendly rental property
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The demand for pet friendly rental property is on the rise. Are you taking advantage of this demand and allowing tenants with pets or are you strictly no pets allowed?

Owning a pet has become ever more popular these days and with the rise of their popularity on the internet it seems everybody has a cat. This is all fun and cuddles until you find yourself looking to rent a home and finding that pets are not permitted. Maybe you begin to find that a lot of available properties out there prohibit pets of any kind.

But why is this? Why do some landlords allow pets but others say they’re not allowed?

Pet Friendly

Rental properties that accept pets are arguably the most desirable among prospective tenants. They offer the freedom that permits tenants to either bring their pets with them or give them the option of getting a pet in the future.

Pet friendly properties are in short supply and demand is increasing. These kinds of properties are great for tenants but what does the landlord get out of it?

  • Fast rental – If you allow pets in your property, you will easily find tenants. You will find you have smaller void periods and chances are your tenancies will last longer.
  • Higher deposit – Some landlords are worried that by accepting pets they’re opening their property up for extra damage. This will vary among tenants but by demanding a higher deposit you can protect yourself against these damages if they arise.
  • Higher rent – Pet friendly homes rarely come on the market and are very desirable. You can use this to your advantage and demand slightly higher rent for your premium property.

No Pets Allowed

The majority of rental properties on the market don’t allow pets. Landlords will have many different reasons as to why they don’t permit animals in their properties and whether they’re valid or not, ultimately it’s the landlords choice.

Does this mean that non pet friendly homes are less desirable or not as good as pet friendly ones? No it doesn’t. So why do some landlords chose not to accept pets in their rental properties?

  • Damage – Some landlords are afraid that by allowing pets they’re opening the flood gates to extra damage resulting from the tenancy. This blog post shows how destructive pets can cost landlords thousands.
  • Nuisance – Pets such as cats and dogs may be seen as a nuisance to some landlords. They’re are more likely to be noisy. Dogs bark and cats do that weird territorial crying thing to each other. They also go to the toilet anywhere they feel like it. This could cause conflict with neighbours that the landlord doesn’t want.
  • Lease restrictions – The majority of flats are leasehold and most of them state that pets of any kind are not allowed. Landlords who rent out flats are usually simply forbidden to allow pets, even if they wanted to.

If you are considering allowing pets in your property, this website by Dogs Trust is a great place to start, Lets With Pets.

Do you accept pets? Do you refuse to accept them? Are you a tenant looking for a property but struggling to find somewhere to take your furball of joy? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Caroline Engstrom

Caroline Engstrom has a passion to help landlords and tenants by providing helpful tips and advice regarding real estates.

7 thoughts on “Pet Friendly: Why landlords should take advantage of allowing pets

  • March 2, 2013 at 7:48 pm
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    I’ve got a couple of properties, and allow pets in them; one of the tenants has a dog, and the other tenant has a cat. The way I look at it, it’s their home, so I want to do all I can to allow them to make it so.

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    • March 4, 2013 at 7:38 am
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      Thanks for the reply John.

      You make a good point. If the tenant wants to make it their home and that means having a pet then why not let them? You are essentially opening yourself up to a much wider market than those who do not allow pets.

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    • August 8, 2015 at 5:41 am
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      Hi John – loved ur comments ,u sound like a proper decent guy !I’ve seen no other comment even close to ur’s and can tell ur a people person! U have given us a glimmer of hope and know it’s a long shot but do u know anyone in Chelmsford Essex or nearby that would accept dss and two dogs – we are desperate and running out of time ! We’d rather be homeless than loose our best friends Chloe and Biscuit!Did have Taz but jst had her put down two days ago with kidney failure and we’ve been in tears and what with my partner loosing his home where he cared for his nan as she’s gone into an old people’s home after nearly seven years of caring for her!Please -if u can offer any help it would be much appreciated! Thanks for reading – Jackie p.s Wish there was more understanding people like you out there 🙂

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  • September 30, 2013 at 9:21 pm
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    This is a great post for Pet Owners looking to rent. Pet Friendly Rentals will not give up getting the message across to Landlords and letting agents of the importance of allowing pets. After all in some properties the Landlord does not really have a choice. Therapy dogs or dogs for the disabled are automatically allowed. Around 50% of the UK own a pet so this is a massive chunk of the market.

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  • December 31, 2013 at 2:05 am
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    Hi Glen, may look up at some of your properties that allow pets? I would like to gather some ideas from them to help me sell my house without restricting any pets.

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  • October 29, 2014 at 9:06 pm
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    We are looking to move and with 2 cats and a dog it is hard. Most places seem to be ‘no pets’ by default and unwilling to negotiate. It drives me mad because I offer an extra deposit (currently £150 extra, so £900 deposit overall on a £620/month rent), plus in the tenancy agreement I agree to professionally de – flea when I leave and provide a receipt of this. I don’t understand why you would have a problem with that? It seems reasonable with plenty of safeguards. I am looking unfurnished as well, I have my own furniture. I’d understand more in a furnished property.

    I’m getting so frustrated as I am a full time working professional who never causes problems being dismissed out of hand.

    :'(

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    • November 1, 2014 at 6:17 pm
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      Hey Lauren,

      Are you looking for a flat or a house? I ask because we rent flats and though we have no problem with animals, our lease contains a clause which prevents us from being able to agree. (The last 3 tenants we had did actually have pets and we just played dumb!)

      You may have better luck with a house as they will almost always be freehold with no lease dictating archaic rules.

      Good luck, I hope you find the right place

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